Learn Spanish for Free: watch Spanish movies


Lately Spanish Netflix series* such as La Casa de Papel, Elite and Narcos and have been getting lots of attention.

They are a great resource to learn Spanish for free, at home, while having a great time with friends or family – or for a solo chill night.

Also on Youtube, great resources to learn Spanish can be found.

But what about Spanish movies? A Spanish film can help you learn Spanish and give you a glimpse into the Latin culture. So if you are looking for more resources to learn Spanish to combine with your online Spanish lessons, the opportunities are endless!

You have millions of resources at your fingertips. For today we have a list for you of the best Spanish Movies. Learn Spanish for Free: watch Spanish Movies.


Online learning

Nowadays, learning Spanish online (and learning languages at home in general) have become the new norm.

Do you know how many people have started to learn a new language in 2020? Millions and millions! Already back in 2017, more than 21 million people worldwide study Spanish as a foreign language!

According to the NY Times, there is no time like the present one to learn foreign languages.

10 best Spanish Movies to learn Spanish

If you want to prevent yourself from binge-watching series for days while you have other things to do, a movie usually doesn’t last longer than 2 hours. And, if you learn Spanish with Netflix, you don’t have to feel bad about sitting in front of your laptop, TV or phone because, technically, you are multi-tasking.

1. You can learn Spanish in a stress-free way and

2. You can enjoy entering a different reality and world for a short amount of time.

We created a list with a lot of variety for you. There are Spanish movies that are bit older but also new ones, from different South American countries as well as from Spain. There is a mix between comedy, crime and drama that is guaranteed to help you learn Spanish at home with Movies.

Many of the Spanish movies won awards and are different from the mainstream movies and have an underlying moral lesson.

Since Netflix offers different shows and movies in each country, we can’t say whether you can stream these movies on Netflix, if not, there are plenty of options to find them online!



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1. 8 Apellidos Vascos

Ocho apellidos vascos (literal translation: Eight Basque Surnames) is a Spanish comedy movie about Rafa, a stand-up comedian born and raised in Seville. He falls in love with a Basque girl named Amaia and follows her to her hometown. However, things were too good to be true: Amaia’s is devout Basque nationalist, and she doesn’t want to disappoint him. A series of misunderstandings forces Rafa to impersonate a typical Basque with eight surnames, and he gets more and more entrapped in the lies in order to please Amaia. Six weeks after its release, it became the second biggest box office hit ever in Spain, after Avatar. A sequel, Ocho apellidos catalanes (Eight Catalan Surnames) was released in 2015.

English title: Spanish Affairs

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Year: 2014

Country: Spain

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfopzNHLp4o



2. Roma

Set in Mexico City in the 1970s, this movie paints a portrait of a middle-class Mexican family and Cleo, the family’s indigenous live-in housekeeper, is the ‘protagonista’. She and another maid, Adela, speak Mixtec (indigenous Mexican language) when they are together, but Spanish in the presence of the family. The film had its world premiere at the 75th Venice International Film Festival 2018, where it won the Golden Lion. It received a number of accolades, and it became the first Mexican entry to win Best Foreign Language Film, and also won for Best Cinematography and Best Director.

Year: 2018

Genre: Drama

Country: Mexico/US

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BS27ngZtxg



3. Amores Perros

Amores Perros tells the story of three people in Mexico City. The film is constructed as a triptych: it contains three different stories that are connected. There’s a guy who falls in love with his sister-in-law and wants to start a new life with her, he needs money and gets involved in dogfighting. The second story is about a model who seriously injures her leg, and the third is about a mysterious hitman who is looking for his daughter who he hasn’t seen for years. The stories are linked in various ways, including the presence of dogs in each of them. Each of the three tales is a reflection on the cruelty of humans towards both animals and other humans and has a more in-depth moral lesson: the importance of loyalty, as symbolized by the dog.

English title: Love’s a Bitch

Genre: Crime/Drama

Year: 2000

Country: Mexico

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHZuzC9ZEw0



4. Memorias de Subdesarrollo

This movie is quite interesting in regard to Cuba’s history. It’s about Sergio, a wealthy writer, who decides to stay in Cuba, despite the fact that his wife and friends have fled to Miami. Sergio looks back: on the changes in Cuba, from the De Castro revolution to the Cuban Missile Crisis, the result of living in an underdeveloped country and his relationship with his girlfriends’ Elena and Hanna. This historical drama was made in these times, in contrary to the modern war movies.

English title: Memories of Underdevelopment

Genre: Drama

Year: 1968

Country: Cuba

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGcBNmiCdxw



5. Fresas y chocolate

On the terrace of an ice cream parlor, Diego, the artist, falls head over heels for David, the ultimate macho student. David does not want a physical relationship at all, but he is intrigued by Diego’s interest in foreign liquor, foreign music, forbidden literature and subversive art. All of this is curious enough to report Diego to the authorities, which David briefly considers, but his fascination with David wins. Despite everything, a pure friendship gradually develops between Diego and David, resulting in mutual respect. Respect for rebels and LGBTQ members, something that was impossible (and often still impossible) in Cuba for years.

English title: Strawberry and chocolate

Genre: Drama

Year: 1994

Country: Cuba

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neQX3mpG1j8



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6. El secreto de sus ojos

This joint Argentinian and Spanish production takes place in Buenos Aires at the end of the 20th century. Benjamin Esposito is a retired man who spent his life as a criminal investigator. He decides to write a novel based on an old 1974 case in which a beautiful woman was brutally raped and murdered. The setting of the film ties its characters to the past political situations in Argentina, which makes it educational as well.

English title: The secret in their eyes

Genre: Crime/drama

Year: 2009

Country: Argentina/Spain

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqdLlefQ8gU



7. Un cuento chino

Grumpy Roberto, a man who lives like a hermit in Buenos Aires, is the main character of this story. He has lived a protected and isolated life since he experienced a traumatic event 20 years prior. Suddenly Roberto is pulled out of this protected world by Jun, a Chinese immigrant who has just arrived in Argentina, who does not speak a word of Spanish. It’s a funny yet enlightening movie which shows a lot of intercultural communication clashes!

English title: A Chinese Tale

Genre: Comedy

Year: 2011

Country: Argentina

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUu8d5eWiXA



8. Whisky

Jacobo is the owner of a small, struggling sock factory in Uruguay. When his brother shows up after years, Jacobo wants to give the impression that his life is successful. He asks his employee Marta to play the role of a beloved wife. There’s not much talking in the movie and the three main actors play very straight roles showing little emotion, yet this movie has a sensitive touch. It was premiered at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Un Certain Regard and FIPRESCI Awards.

Genre: Drama

Year: 2004

Country: Uruguay/Argentina/Germany

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNbNqBVBsHA



9. La Jaula de Oro

Juan, Sara and Samuel, all three 15 years old, flee from Guatemala to the United States. On their journey through Mexico, they meet Chauk, a Tzotzil Indian who does not speak Spanish and has no official documents. They all believe they can find a better life in the United States, but they face the harsh reality. It’s fascinating to get a glimpse of the life and struggles of these young undocumented immigrants. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival where the director won the A Certain Talent award and the movie also won the Golden Ástor for Best Film in 2013.

English title: The Golden Dream/Cage

Genre: Drama

Year: 2013

Country: Mexico

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpoqS4uUb8o



10. 9 Reinas

This film was nominated for 28 awards and won 21 of them and is now considered a classic in Argentine film history. It is about two con artists, one of them (Marcos) sees the other one (Juan) conning a cashier with a trick with a banknote and getting caught a little later. Marcos intervenes, says he is a police officer and drags Juan out. Marcos tells Juan that he is also a con man, with much bigger plans. He invites Juan to become his partner-in-crime. When they are hired by an old former prisoner to sell a set of counterfeit stamps, they take their chance.

English title: Nine Queens

Genre: Crime

Year: 2000

Country: Argentina

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lN3LIzcLGJY


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